This is traditionally the combination of Guru + Rahu together in one house. It is said to destroy Jupiter and kicks one outside the accepted society. But it is not as simple as that. For astrological analysis, patterns need to be studied.
First let’s go through the graha involved,
Jupiter – Dev Guru Bruhaspati. He is the spiritual preceptor of the demi-gods. The planetary force responsible for kindness, benevolence, wisdom , religiousness, peers, patrons, ancestors, good fortune from past lives, education, long journeys, spiritual growth, rest and rejuvenation, dream and other states, Moksh etc. A Guru is someone who guides you to your own internal reality, ie guides you onwards to your path to Moksh. A well placed Jupiter offers you hope, support from your internal philosophy, blessings of seniors and ancestors and overall makes you lucky. The positive potential of your own good deed from your past lives is Jupiter.
Rahu – the direction of your desire for experience. He represents all the stuff which you have ignored to such an extent in your past lives that now they have become quite urgent. Rahu is the engine which takes along the energies of your horoscope in his direction. In the present times, Rahu is essential for material successes, so do not think him to be all bad. Chandal is someone who is required by karma to get into energies of the distressing and traumatic types. Either his personal life/nature will be linked with such energies or his environment will be distressful. Eg The people who work in smashans, Hindu cremation sites are called ‘chandal’. They are required by karma to work at such sites of terrifying transformations and energies. Rahu is said to be a chandal because his energies are often distressing, problematic and he often behaves badly. In the story/allegory of Samudra Manthan, he tries to cheat rather than waiting for his turn.
Ketu – Why Ketu? Guru-Chandal is about Jupiter-Rahu? But in such a situation the Ketu placed 180 deg away ie opposite will have the full aspect of such a Jupiter. So we must also consider Ketu. Ketu is all the stuff you have saturated yourself with. You have transcended these experiences, had your fill in the past lives and now you have their deepest learnings with you.
Conditions where Guru-Chandal yog/ combination is considered more potent and capable of giving disagreeable results,
- Obviously Jupiter conjoint with Rahu.
- Then Jupiter conjoint Ketu and aspecting Rahu 180deg away also gives similar results. Especially if such a Jupiter is afflicted.
- Another combination which gives similar results is if the 9th house or the 9th house’s lord is afflicted (In some cases a severely afflicted 5th lord and 5th house can give similar results) And Jupiter is also afflicted ie unable to give auspicious results.
Now here ‘afflicted’ will mean the following. Retrograde, debilitated, combust, in maran-karak sthan or in the signs of his enemy planets. Or placed in the 6th house, 8th house or 12th houses. Or influenced by the lords of these houses. ie influenced by the functional malefics. These are too many possibilities for ‘affliction’, so if the planet concerned suffers from at least 3 of these things at a time, his ability to give agreeable results is significantly compromised.
What does this combination do?
Jupiter + Rahu is very typical. It gives knowledge and intelligence, but it can make one selfish, a cheat, self-centered, vindictive, willing to break all rules, twist meanings around so that he benefits. Can show ingratitude in its worst form. He can ‘use and throw’ others. May have a lot of wealth and assets but often little or no respect in society. There is an inherent cruel streak. This behaviour will be maximum in the Jupiter-Rahu antardsha and the Rahu-Jupiter antardasha (Vimshottari Dasha system) whichever happen in the lifetime of the individual. Rahu + Jupiter gives a highly materialistic nature, one wants to acquire stuff. Check which house Jupiter is placed in. The people associated with this house can show materialistic behaviour. In addition, the luck associated with the house is enhanced. eg such a Jupiter in the 11th house will rarely give real friends, mostly you will have ‘friends’ who will be ‘friendly’ only till they have some work with you. But you will be lucky in life, you will gain from a lot of sources. Or if this Jupiter is in the 4th house, the mother will be materially inclined and you will be lucky in matters of buying house/ car/ property etc.
One positive point I have observed in these horoscopes is this, if Jupiter and Ketu are both placed well and capable of giving good results. For this you have to analyse their positions from the birth Moon and refer to their power in the Navamsha too. This will give an extremely wise, intelligent, philosophical etc person of Jupiter-ian qualities but who has no place in the accepted society, ie a saint, a seer. The past life learnings related to spiritual life are available. And if in addition, Venus and the ascendant lord are also auspicious then this is someone who will get Moksh in this lifetime. This is the promise of the horoscope. Such a person should take advantage of the Jupiter-Ketu antardasha period in the Jupiter Mahadasha and the Ketu-Jupiter sub-period in the Ketu Mahadasha whichever comes in his life (Vimshottari Dasha system).
What can reduce the negative effects of the Guru-Chandal Yog?
Strangely Saturn can. Now Saturn is a malefic, so if he is conjoint or aspecting Jupiter (esp with his 3rd or 10th aspect), he will add to the damage. But the other side of Saturn is to maintain the society, social image, social prestige, fame, profession, physical father, discipline, rules, gains, luck, money, salary, etc. He has the power to control Rahu’s obnoxious behaviour. If your Saturn is well-placed or a Yogkarak or able to give auspicious results, or your 10th and 11th houses are powerful, the negative parts of this Guru Chandal yog combination are reduced.
The intensity of the mean behaviour will depend on the rest of the planets of the horoscope. If Jupiter gets associated with even more benefics, conjoint or aspecting the negative qualities of the Guru Chandal yog are nullified. A strong ascendant lord and a strong Moon can create more options for the individual. They can give the person a sense of right/ wrong and also the ability to choose the correct path as per the internal conscience, ie free will. Then a strongly placed 5th house and its lord. Or a 9th house and its lord capable of giving auspicious results. ie if the Dharm trikon is auspicious the quality of the horoscope is improved, the personality is less attracted to Rahu’s temporary glamorous charms. Rahu and Ketu have significant spiritual and technology related indications which are positive in life.
If the person does not go through the Jupiter-Rahu antardasha or the Rahu-Jupiter antardasha. Or if these sub-periods occur when the person is too young or too old to actively do anything. Or if these two sub-periods/ Antar-Dashas coincide with an over-arching transit of Saturn over significant houses of the horoscope.
In the current times, Jupiter is with Ketu and Saturn in Sagittarius. Soon Sun will join them for a month. This satisfies one of the conditions for a Guru chandal yog in the current times. These days till 22nd Jan 2020 are very interesting, in several ways.
The ‘yog’ or defined combinations in the birth horoscope have their typical effect on the person’s psychological make up. The Guru Chandal yog can confer a lot of positivity, both spiritual and material successes if used in the proper direction. The name ‘Chandal’ does not mean that it is an all bad combination. But if you allow your Rahu/ Ketu to overpower your Guru, it can destroy all auspiciousness in the chart.